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Nepal natives thank Guardian Angels who foiled robbery on CTA

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



Raman Dhital was reviewing video he shot for a class project on Chicago when he got a taste of the city’s more infamous characteristics on a CTA Red Line train early Tuesday morning.

“These guys were going around and around the train and then one of them came and took my camera,” said the 23-year-old native of Nepal.

“I was like, ‘Hey that’s my camera.’”

Although the North Side man received a brash lesson on the perils of urban America just over a month after he moved here from Kansas, his tale ended happily thanks to three Guardian Angels who thwarted the robbery at the Addison stop.

“I was scared and nervous, but then this man, who I didn’t know was a Guardian Angel at the time, asked me if that guy took my camera. I said yes. He got it back for me,” Dhital said.

But Chicago Guardian Angels chapter leader Miguel Fuentes didn’t get the Fuji digital camera that easily.

Hoyle Marshall, the man who allegedly took Dhital’s camera, took “swings at me and hits me in the arm,” Fuentes, 39, said.

“I grabbed him and threw him against the train doors.”

That’s when authorities said Ryan Mitchell, 19, came up to Fuentes and punched Fuentes in the jaw with an open fist.

The blows didn’t really hurt, said Fuentes, a part-time electrician and truck driver who has been with the Guardian Angels for 22 years.

Fuentes and his fellow volunteer Guardian Angels Felipe Arreola, 23, and Keunthi Davis, 20, were able to handcuff Marshall and Matthews before police arrived.

A third man who the Guardian Angels noticed “eyeballing and scoping” passengers minutes before the theft escaped, Fuentes said.

Marshall and Mitchell were charged with robbery and misdemeanor battery causing bodily harm.

Marshall, 22, of the 9600 block of South Union, was ordered held on $50,000 bail Wednesday.

Mitchell, of the 9600 block of South Langley, was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail. But Judge Peggy Chiampas also ordered Mitchell held without bail for violating conditions of bond for a previous aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon charge.

Sundar Dhakal, who was with Dhital on the train when they were accosted, said he was very grateful for the Guardian Angels’ quick response. Dhakal works at a local Dunkin Donuts but has been assisting Dhital with his video assignment for his class at the Intrax English Institute.

“We were so lucky, lucky,” said Dhakal, 25, also a native of Nepal.

Davis said he was pleased to help anyone, including those finding their way in a new city.

“No matter who it is, I love putting my life on the line. I don’t care who it is,” he said.



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